Join the ACLU of Colorado on Thursday, November 20th 6:30 p.m. at the Starz Denver Film Festival (on Colfax) for a screening of the documentary: Silenced
What if the government you fear turns out to be your own? In Oscar nominee James Spione’s documentary, three whistleblowers relate chilling accounts of their persecution for speaking out against the U.S. government’s post-9/11 use of torture, illegal surveillance, and other unconstitutional acts.
Tickets are $8 and may be reserved or purchased in advance by contacting Caryn at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 720-402-3109
At first glance, Academy Award nominee James Spione’s Silenced looks like a fictional spy thriller. But for those involved, it’s far too real.
In this chilling documentary, Spione interviews three high-profile whistleblowers who give disturbing first-person accounts of their persecution by the American government for telling the truth. They explain how since 9/11, the Bush and Obama administrations sanctioned methods never before allowed under the Constitution. Rules were twisted to permit torture, illegal surveillance, and disregard for due process, all in the name of anti-terrorism.
Justice Department lawyer Jesselyn Radack; Tom Drake, a senior official in the National Security Agency; and John Kiriakou, CIA chief of counterterrorist operations in Pakistan, tell their stories with candor. For speaking out, they lost their jobs and suffered enormous consequences.
The film reenacts Kiriakou’s journey from when he first witnessed waterboarding to his exposing the use of torture, and finally to the government’s accusation that he violated the Espionage Act of 1917.